July 1, 1928 – December 25, 2013
Robert passed away early Christmas morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital following a brief illness. Robert was born in Bremen, Germany and came to Canada in the 1950’s to work as a Carpenter/Cabinet Maker on a variety of challenging projects.
He was active in the German cultural community in Vancouver. He met Hannelore Bergob where they both sang in the German choir. They had one child, son Michael Bergob of Comox, BC. Hannah passed in 1995 leaving also her daughter Christine (John) Koopmans of Victoria, BC.
Robert was an inventive and creative woodworker who worked for the BC Government and spent his spare time designing and building wooden catamarans. He enjoyed many weekends sailing off the local beaches of Vancouver with his son Michael. Robert also enjoyed designing and building furniture, dancing, fishing and the great outdoors.
Upon retirement, Robert moved to Comox where he built his house with his son. While active in the community, Robert’s great love was gardening. He was a lifetime member of the Comox Valley Horticultural Society, and was well known for sharing the grapes he grew. He was involved in Parkinson’s and Prostate support groups and a proud member of the retired BCGEU.
Robert was very independent and stayed in his home until a brief illness required his hospitalization. Robert was predeceased by his parents, one brother and sister. He is survived by his younger brother Michael Pot d’Or of Bremen, West Germany, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many friends who became his extended family.
An informal memorial service will be held on Monday, January 13th at 5:30pm at the Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC. Light refreshments will be served after the service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Comox Valley Horticultural Society, P.O. Box 3443, Station Main, Courtenay, BC, V9N 5N5